Lagos government tasks traffic officers to curb tankers, trailers’ menace
•Says technology critical to halting hazards on roads
*Road traffic safety has not received desired attention, says Chair, VIO Directors
Lagos State Government has called on traffic officers to come up with ideas to curtail the menace of tankers and trailers on the roads, especially as accidents resulting from unruly acts of articulated vehicles are on in the increase.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde said this yesterday while opening the National Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the federation with the theme, ‘Employing technology to enhance compliance and safety on our roads’, held in Lagos.
Oladeinde said in recent times, there had been rising cases of truck accidents in Lagos and other parts of the federation, and there is a need to salvage the situation.
According to him, the government would be glad to get suggestions on what could be done to control truck menace in Lagos and other parts of the country.
The commissioner noted that the deployment of technology is critical in reducing hazards on roads to the barest minimum.
Oladeinde, therefore, enjoyed all states to toe the line of technology as this will enhance the efficiency of compliance and safety on Nigeria roads.
He said: “The deployment of smart, connected sensors, combined with machine-learning-powered analytic tools, enables us to gather information, make predictions and reach decisions that will enhance safer roads.
“It is important to state clearly that human elements are considered the major contributing factors to road fatalities, accidents as a result of reckless driving habits that negate the principles of defensive and safe driving.”
The commissioner maintained that for sanity, safety, security, and standards to prevail on the roads, everyone is considered a stakeholder as the road is a shared asset by all and the sundry, reason everyone should tow the path of honour by doing what is right while making use of the road.
On his part, the National Chairman, Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers (VIOs) of the federation, Engr Paul Bepeh, noted that it cannot be really be said that Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and road traffic safety have received the desired attention across the states.
“In recent times, many states of the federation have shifted from the hitherto manual vehicle inspection which was cumbersome and less reliable to the world standard and more reliable computerised vehicle inspection scheme. In fact, Lagos State has adopted the e-enforcement strategy which has proved to be very effective and it is our desires that other states and the FCT will emulate this feat.”
The Director, Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service, Engr Akin-George Fashola, said for efficiency of service, continuity and professionalism, his directorate is collaborating with concerned stakeholders and private sector to drive and stimulate her operations.
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